British Columbia & Alberta road trip

BC to Alberta Road Trip

23 day family road trip | July 2017

Peace and quiet and room-to-roam are the keywords here. We suggest a fairly classic route but peppered it with surprises on Vancouver Island, inserting the Inside Passage ferry ride and including pristine alpine landscapes around Smithers.

Along this popular route natural splendor abounds. Yet carefully chosen guided excursions and the inclusion of lesser-known destinations such as Cormorant Island, the N’sga lava fields and Salmon Glacier add surprise and substance to this trip.

Summary

Dates 23 days in July 2017
Region British Columbia & Alberta
Party Family of 2 adults and 2 teenage daughters
Transportation Midsize SUV
Driving distance 2750 km
Accommodation Tent camping alternated with lodge accommodation

Description

Day 1 Arrival Vancouver
Day 2 Ferry trip to the southern Gulf Islands
Day 3 Kayak tour in Gulf Islands National Park with a private guide
Day 4-5 Pacific Rim National Park
Day 6-7 Innchanter Boat lodge (float plane access included)
Day 8 Cormorant Island – traditional salmon meal and genuine native culture
Day 9 In search of orcas as passengers on a sailboat (guided)
Day 10 Inside Passage ferry ride to Prince Rupert
Day 11-12 N’sga Lava fields, salmon migration & bear observation in Alaska
Day 13 Hiking the Babine Mountains
Day 14-17 Jasper National Park
Day 17-18 Yoho National Park
Day 19-20 Lake Louise and Banff National Park
Day 21-23 Calgary and departure

Cost

We do not offer ‘off the shelf’ travel packages. Every vacation is custom made. The trip budget below is based on the actual trip taking place in 2017.

Cost per person (€1 = $Can 1.40) $ Can € Euro
Car rental (Midsize SUV, Alamo, all in) 435 311
Camping (10) 89 63
Lodges (9) 371 265
Innchanter Lodge (incl. floatplane) 320 227
Ferries 367 262
Miscellaneous (park permits free in 2017, fuel etc.) 205 143
Excursions 675 482
Meals 525 375
Total (International airfare not included)  2987 2128
Custom design & organization of your trip *
* Postage and printing travel guide extra ($Can 15/€ 20)
350 250

Fewer excursions and more (tent) camping nights would reduce trip cost.
Advanced booking will make camper rental financially more rewarding. More (tent) camping could reduce cost by $350/€250 pp while substituting camping for lodging would add $455/€325 pp.

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